Thomas Tuchel 'names ideal Man United transfer' as Sir Jim Ratcliffe gets manager update

Thomas Tuchel is said to have wanted Manchester United to sign Antonio Rudiger
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Thomas Tuchel is reportedly out of the running to become Manchester United's new manager.

The news comes shortly after reports emerged on Sunday that Tuchel had met United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe at a secret meeting in Monaco. The German has been heavily linked with United after news emerged in February that the former Chelsea boss was leaving Bayern Munich.

United are currently conducting a review of the 2023/24 season with the future of manager Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford being assessed. A decision is expected this week but it appears that Tuchel will not be available this summer if the club are looking for a new manager.

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Below, MEN Sport takes a look at the latest media reports surrounding United...

Tuchel transfer claim

The Times have claimed that Tuchel told Ratcliffe he wanted United to sign Real Madrid centre-back Antonio Rudiger. The pair previously worked together at Chelsea, however, United would have had to put together an expensive transfer package to sign him, akin to the one used to acquire Casemiro in 2022.

MEN Sport's Isaac Seelochan says: Rudiger has improved a lot at Madrid and has been a mainstay in the Spanish club's defence which has seen them win multiple Champions League's. The German could be a good partner alongside Lisandro Martinez at the heart of United's defence.

However, aged 31, this would feel similar to the Casemiro transfer a few years ago and Ineos are unlikely to go down that route. It hasn't worked for United before and it's unlikely to be any different on this occasion considering the money that could be involved.

Pochettino move unlikely

The Telegraph report that it is unlikely Mauricio Pochetino will become United's next manager. The Argentine has been out of work since leaving Chelsea last month.

MEN Sport's Isaac Seelochan says: With Tuchel and Pochettino appearing unlikely, it is hard to see how United will get a better manager than Ten Hag. It makes the delay behind a decision on the Dutchman's future even more bizarre.

Is Roberto de Zerbi now the favourite to become United's new manager if Ten Hag leaves? There isn't a great selection out there in all honesty. Reports that Gareth Southgate is Ineos' number one candidate are frankly baffling.

You do have to wonder whether they will have no choice but to keep Ten Hag in charge for at least the beginning of next season.